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. going back to your earlier point. the reason people are upset with congress and senate the senate is because we make decisions based on what is in the best interest of our politics not in the best interest of the country. and so there's this lack of trust that we will do what's in the best interest of our country, even if it hurts us politically. and that's called leadership. and we don't see much of that. and that's not a partisan statement. that's both sides. when we look at a parochial interest more important than the interest of the nation, which is exactly the opposite of why the senate was createed in the first place, why we had a bicamera legislature. you see why we have such low esteem in voters. >> o'donnell: you both served with nebraska senator chuck hagel who has been it named for it defense. >> you cannot vote for him because of the statements he's made. >> i think he has proven his patriotism, and public service. two purple hearts in vietnam. this man deserves more than just a hearing. he deserves the respect for the service he's given our country in the and the sena
obama they may give new meaning of the term do nothing congress. >>> and senator mike crapo has decided not to fight the charges of his dui arrest which tests showed his blood alcohol was nearly twice the legal limit. >>> congressman chris van hallen said congress needed to reach a deal on the fiscal cliff by christmas. less than 48 hours until that cliff what does he think now? you are watching msnbc, the place for politics. when you have diabetes... your doctor will say get smart about your weight. that's why there's glucerna hunger smart shakes. they have carb steady, with carbs that digest slowly to help minimize blood sugar spikes. [ male announcer ] glucerna hunger smart. a smart way to help manage hunger and diabetes. >>> the self-imposed 3:00 p.m. deadline the senate came up with for a deal has come and gone which means without a last minute deal starting january 1st tax hikes and massive spending cuts will be in effect. extended unemployment benefits have ended. we will be live on capitol hill with the latest developments coming up in just a moment. before we take you over to c
doubling. it is it a mechanism that congress needs to update and the senate passed the law and legislation . now for the house leadership to bring it up. it is it simple and uncompplicated provision to do the law. that is fine and you will have many, many government and dairy farmers going out. >> and john, i haven't milked the cow. but that takes a long time. not to menti it is corn and wheat . affect everying we eat for dinner. this is it a tirible policy.. i grew up in sweetwater, texas and nearnevermilked a cow . it is expoalates that to the ear 2013 . that's how you come t eight dollars. and according to the provision they can't give it away to charity. they don't have the ability to store all of this. and this is what happens wn congress over decade puts band aids on to of everything. saith the tes. we are so cashtrapped to begin with. and the consu d it is helping out. it compounds over and over ain . reality is supply and demand even out over time price of milk depending on how much it costs tproduce it nothing about the dairy clip but what about inflation on top of this. nood pric
. coast chambers of congress are in -- both chambers of congress are in. the senate is in at 1:00 eastern time. votes are scheduled at 2:00 p.m. eastern. majority leader harry reid and minority leader mcconnell had set a deadline of 3:00 p.m. when they're planning to convene a caucus meetings and update members of the parties on a possible plan for taxes and spending on the new year. will bring you live coverage of the senate on c-span2 started at 1:00 eastern. in the house, the return of 2:00 p.m. you'll be considering a number of pieces of legislation. what the live coverage of the house here and c-span. next, retiring senator kent conrad reflects on his career in congress to. it is currently senate budget committee chairman and was first elected to the senate in 1986. this is about half an hour. >> senator conrad, your farewell speech was yesterday. what is that like? >> it has been great. i had the going away party the night before. a lot of my colleagues were there. then the farewell speech, in which i had a chance to reflect on my service here. but also, to challenge my colleagues t
of -- title of the joint resolution. the clerk: senate joint resolution 44, granting the consent of congress to emergency management assistance memorandum of understanding. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, and the gentleman from verge, mr. connolly, each will control 20 minutes. ms. ros-lehtinen: i ask that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend than include extraneous material on this bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: i will place my statement in the record and reserve the plans of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. connolly: i thank my colleague for her eloquence on this matter, i also support the resolution, will insert a statement into the record and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. ms. ros-lehtinen: i yield back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to joint resolution 44. those in favor say ay
by the senate. a congressman says congress needs to figure out where to get that money. >> i'm saying this is somebody who knows it may be me next. it may be my district. somebody has to pay for it. it's right thing to do. we can't continue to borrow this money to pay for things we wanted. we have to find that savings someplace else. >> reporter: the possible holdup in the house prompted the governors of new jersey and connecticut to send a letter to lawmakers leaning to them to approve the money. senate has passed this aid package in a bipartisan manner and there is no reason the house should not do the same. with the house reconvening to avoid the fiscal cliff, remember that disasters affect every part of this makes and we stand together in times of crisis. second difficulty for the house is calendar. house g.o.p. speaker john boehner who has signaled he does support some kind of sandy aid has not decided to bring it up for vote in this session of congress. this session ends on thursday. if it is not brought up by then the bill will expire and the next congress will have to started
, the average american family would see a tax increase of more than $3400. as congress convened, even the senate chaplain praying to avoid what the president called self-inflicted wounds. let's bring in jon carl. the source has told you the vice president has been called in on this. >> reporter: that's right. i'm told the vice president is now playing a direct role in these negotiations, trying to get to a deal, a last-minute deal, a key player in the final hours. president obama set off the high-stakes weekend scramble friday night imemployering congressional leaders to take action immediately. >> the american people are not going to have any patience fora i politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. >> reporter: with that harry reid and mitch mcconnell launched a latch-dimp effort to craft a bipt plan to that stop the tax hike going into effect on new year's day. they negotiated all day saturday. saturday night there was an offer. by this morning, a clear sense of optimism and warnings that failure would be unthinkable. >> there are no breakthroughs yet, but there's a real possibility of
, they will know who the problem child is and it is not the senate. it is not congress. it is the lack of true leadership of the president's. gerri: gerri: yes, you said that earlier. rich edson, we have been waiting for this all day long. we had cameras at the white house watching people exit. do you think this comes as a disappointment to mos people? the resolutionf today and of that meeting? were leaving something good can come from a? >> i think after you hear from leadership and the president, when you got the fst reports, the administration officials have basically put on the table what he had been reiterating last week in his speech. what was basically what he had put on throughout the entire campaign. just deal wn version. it didn't look all that good. but as you now have this assignment for the senate leaders to getogether and hammer something out, n a scale that we have been talking about right now, this is the only shot we have to oid the fiscal cliff. the fact that they are giving it another shot over the nnext 48 hours, it is probably as good of a result from the meeting as you co
the democratic controlled senate to lead our economy to the edge of the fiscal cliff. congress people from both parties are searching for a bipartisan solution. that is the leadership that america needs, not what we saw from the president this morning ." those of the comments from speaker boehner. the house has gaveled out. we expect them back in about two hours. let's go to newbury port. caller: thank you for c-span. i do not understand where this $250,000 number comes from. i am 70 and have never been asked to make a sacrifice by any congress. it just seems to me that if the average income in most states -- to ask people making $125,000 or more, to ask them to contribute more, that seems to be a no- brainer. i do not see why people in this country are not ready to make a compromise. let's face it, we will either all have to pay slightly more taxes and accept the fact that our benefits are going to have to be lower than they really are -- i am in that bracket of $125,000 to $250,000. i am very comfortable, i could contribute more to the deficit, i just want to make sure that that money goes to
a rational negotiant. -- negotiation. i think senator reid should get a vote for congress. that is about all have to say. host: patrick from montgomery, alabama. a republican from indiana and incoming republican freshman class president was on with us on a "newsmakers." i want to play you a piece of him talking about the involvement of newly elected members. >> how involved are new elected members? a house republican conference has been holding conference calls. are you guys on the calls? or do you guys not get anything until january 23? >> it varies. we are not on every conference call. we were certainly there while you were there for orientation in the first part of december. we have been briefed on many of the policy proposals. we are being kept abreast, but i would tell you, it is not quite like being a member of congress. host: that was congressman select "master. -- luke messer. we are taking your calls this morning and facebook messages. patricia rights in -- i want to go to don on the republican line from california. good morning. caller: canyon me? merry christmas, happy here -- hap
of congress -- in fact, particularly proud of anything that the house and senate agree on. [applause] it is humbling to realize that just six athletes had this award, this gold medal award. roberto clemente. jackie robinson. joe louis. recently, or golfing buddy, nelson. i believe that golf and golfers promotes some sort of human values that symbolize so many americans. such characteristics as honesty, hard work, dedication, responsibility, respect for the other guy, playing by the rules. it is something we do in the game of golf. these things are inherent in the game and among the cardinal principles being taught to young people throughout the country through the first tee program. they're so many people like to think today. for the lack of time, i will pass on that, thank you very much. first, without the efforts of my golfing buddy and friend, joe. he is a great guy and a good golfer. i discovered when i was playing golf with him recently at the tradition club in california, just be careful about the strokes you give him. hold back just a little. [laughter] congressman is joined b
and spending cuts take effect. senate negotiators stayed late into the night trying to work out a plan that would pass a vote. both houses of congress would convene later this afternoon in a rare sunday session. in his weekly address, the president took his message directly to the public calling for congress to come together to pass a deal. >> for the past couple months, i have been working with people in both parties with the help of business leaders and ordinary americans to come together around a plan to grow the economy and shrink our deficits. it's a balance plan. one that would protect the middle class, cut spending in a responsible way and ask the wealthiest americans to pay a little more. and i'll keep working with anybody who's serious about getting a comprehensive plan like this done because it's the right thing to do for our economic growth. but we're now at the point where in just a couple of days the law says that every american's tax rates are going up. every american's paycheck will get a lot smaller. and that would be the wrong thing to do for our economy. it would hurt
in that building where it started. >>> a rare sunday session for congress. all eyes on the senate as the nation moves closer and closer to the brink of that fiscal cliff with passive tax hikes set to automatically kick in. they are trying to come up with a last minute compromise. president said any bipartisan bill would have to extend unemployment benefits affecting some 2 million americans. it would also have to increase taxes on the highest income earners. >> just can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. economy is growing, but keeping it that way means that the folks you sent to washington have to do their jobs. >> the president's proposal to raise taxes on the top two percent of americans won't even pay one-third of the annual interest that's now owed on the massive $16 trillion debt. >>> the house returns tonight just one day before a deal needs to be reached. it's likely negotiators will be burning the midnight oil as the clock ticks down to 2013. there will be a lot more on the fiscal cliff coming up this morning on abc's "this week." charles summer of new york and
's already been ten hours. thank you. >>> a rare sunday session for congress. all eyes on the senate as the nation moves closer to the the brink of the fiscal cliff with massive spending cuts and tax hikes cut to automatically kick in. lawmakers will get down to work starting at 10:00 this morning our time. senate negotiators are trying to come up with a last-minute compromise to present to the house. president obama says any bipartisan bill has to extend unemployment benefits, affecting some 2 million americans. he says it must increase taxes on the highest income earners. the president knows neither side is going to get everything they want, and he thinks it's time for house republicans to compromise. it is very important for republicans in congress to say we aren't going to get 100%, at the need to compromise in order to solve problems. >> if there is enough in the agreement for republicans to be able to support it, and we can get a majority of republicans in the senate and a majority of democrats in the senate, then i think there's a good opportunity for a majority of democrats a
of congress, which ends on thursday. if they don't take it up by thursday, the senate bill will expire and the new congress will have to start all over again. >> eric: all right. thanks. >> coming up, russia has banned adoptions by u.s. families. coming up, we will speak with a couple in the process of adopting this little boy, about their ordeal and how right now, they can't bring him home and give him the life that they say he deserves. >> eric: we will give smuadvice about how young people can start now for planning for their retirement. that's right, without breaking the bank. advice on building, not breaking your nest egg, as you get older. >> we are just 48 hours away from new year's eve. why is all that confetti falling now? we will have an answer, coming up. sometimes what we suffer from is bigger than we think ... like the flu. with aches, fever and chills- the flu's a really big deal. so why treat it like it's a little cold? there's something that works differently than over-the-counter remedies. prescription tamiflu attacks the flu virus at its source. so don't wait. call yo
will fail, senator? >> chris, i think the one thing i can say about the new year, congress's job approval will be stuck in the low teens... >> chris: entertainment. >> i know, but that is my way of saying, i think next year's oscar for tragedy or farce, will go to the u.s. economy, their inability to deal with basic problems that face the problem will continue and for those of you who want real entertainment, tune into our program or watch c-span, if you are a glutton for punishment. >> more hollywood, and, politically conscious hollywood, lincoln will sweep, best picture, best actor, best supporting actor, and best director and the left will take a message from this for president obama, please, cut corners, get things done and don't worry about the constitution, and that will be message. >> byron is wrong, ben afleck will get best director for argo. which is an excellent movie, and i think you know, he's very popular, in hollywood, and i think that he did an excellent job with his movies and does great acting in it and the other movie that i think will be up will be "zero dark 30" though
without impacting people directly now. >> chris: senators, we need to take a quick break here. when we come back we will discuss where the investigation into the benghazi terror attack stands now and whether congress will act in the new year to try to prevent more mass murders. ♪ constipated? yeah. mm. some laxatives like dulcolax can cause cramps. but phillips' caplets don't. they have magnesium. for effective relief of occasional constipation. thanks. [ phillips' lady ] live the regular life. phillips'. share brotherly love. share one up's. mom ? mom ? the share everything plan. lets your family share a pool of data across 10 devices with unlimited talk and text. now get a lucid by lg, free. >> chris: we are back with senators dianne feinstein and lindsey graham. senator graham, how important is it for secretary of state clinton to testify under oath before she leaves office about the benghazi terror attack? and what do you think we is still need to know about benghazi? >> absolutely essential that she testify. i want to know from the secretary of state point point of view were you
. guest: thank you. >> both chambers of congress are in tomorrow for zero unfinished business. the senate is in at 1:00 eastern. assistant secretary of housing and urban development and assistant attorney general of the justice department. votes are scheduled at 2:00 eastern. by coverage at c-span2. the house returns at 2:00 p.m. eastern with both as early as 6:30. legislation ranging from better rents and education to foreign aid. the house rules committee is planning on a possible meeting sunday to discuss terms for a fiscal cliff deal that could be on the floor as early as monday. watch live coverage of the u.s. house tomorrow here on c-span. >> more news on the fiscal cliff negotiations. according to the hill, president obama monitor talks from the white house and has indicated he would support legislation that would raise taxes on those who earn more than $400,000. harry reid has scheduled a democratic caucus meeting for tomorrow afternoon to discuss any potential deals. minority leader mitch mcconnell says he would do the same period in the house, speaker john boehner has said the s
of five who has been searching for work since february. >> if congress does not extend the unemployment benefits, then i would be without a home and i really don't know what else we would do. >> reporter: the deal under discussion in the senate right now doesn't even include the biggest part of the fiscal cliff, that 1.2 trillion dollars in mandatory budget cuts, spending cuts that are also due to kick in this tuesday. the thinking up here goes like this, let's handle the tax cuts now, and readvise the spending cuts later. >> thank you. in addition to the $500 billion in automatic tax hikes, as you just heard from wyatt, the fiscal cliff also includes 1.2 trillion in mandatory spending cuts. congressional democrats and republicans agreed to these drastic cuts last year, to force both parties to the table on deficit reduction. if they can agree by monday at midnight, the following cut take effects. over the next nine years, the u.s. defense budget would be reduced by $455 billion. domestic programs would be slashed by 464 billion. 1,000 government programs face potential cuts, including
obama says it's important for congress to vote on some type of package before the fiscal cliff deadline expires. >> if an agreement isn't reached in time between senator reid and senator mcconnell, then i will urge senator reid to bring to the floor a basic package for an upor -- up or down vote, one that protects the middle class from a hike, extends insurance to 2 million americans looking for a job and lays the groundwork for future cooperation on more economic growth and deficit reduction. >> the current congress only be in session until january 3rd. after that, 13 new senators and 82 new house members will take over and inherit this huge problem, right out of the congressional gate. audrey barnes, fox 5 news. >> critics are most concerned about the -- spending will be cut by more than $50 billion but exactly what is cut is still to be determined. >> going to affect the operational force that's deployed in terms of its ability to maintain its equipment, to get repair parts and that forces -- not just the force that's in afghanistan that's being reduced. it would impact on the train
. that could happen when the senate convenes a rare sunday session of congress. looking to dominate his side of the story while leaders wrangle on the details, president obama made his first sunday show appearance in three years, sitting down with nbc's david gregory this morning to talk about the fiscal cliff. >> i'm arguing for maintaining tax cuts for 98% of americans. i don't think anybody would consider that some liberal left wing agenda. that used to be considered a republican mainstream agenda. >> joining me senator olympia sn snowe of maine. let me start with that. it does seem sort of counter intuitive to have republicans wanting to fight for tax hikes for no one and in that fight, being willing to allow tax hikes for everyone? >> you know, i would agree with that. obviously it is important to make sure that middle income america does not confront a tax increase at the beginning of next year, which is less than two days away. that is critical. the second part is, of course, is trying to address the spending cuts that are going to be crucial next year as well. more for the long-term
to avoid the fiscal cliff. both houses of congress are meeting in a rather sunday session. the senate convenes aat 1:00 eastern and the house at 2:00. our chief white house correspondent jessica yellen with the look at the chances for a deal and what's on the table. >> here in washington there is still hope a deal can be cut in time to avert the fiscal cliff. on saturday the president was at work here in the white house, but all eyes were on the senate where negotiators were trading deal points and revenue figures to try to reach an agreement all sides can stomach. the baseline for the president, any bipartisan bill has to extend unemployment insurance that would affect some 2 million americans, and increase taxes for the highest income earners. negotiators can still work out exactly where that tax increase would hit and whether they would halt an increase in the estate tax. in case those discussions break down, the president has asked democratic leader harry reid to prepare a separate bill to put on the floor of the senate that would raise taxes on households that earn $250,000 or mo
. but we don't yet see an agreement and now the pressure is on congress to produce. if they don't, what i've said is that in the senate, we should go ahead and introduce legislation that would make sure that middle classes taxes stay where they are and there should be an up or down vote. i think there's a majority support for making sure that the middle class families are held harmless. >> if you go over the cliff, what's the impact in the markets? which have been pretty confident until now that a deal would get done. >> it's hard to speculate on the markets. but obviously i think business and investors are going to feel more negative about the economy next year. if you look at projections of 2013, people generally felt that the economy would continue to grow, unemployment would continue to tick down, housing would continue to improve. but what's been holding us back is the dysfunction here in washington. and if people start seeing that on january 1st, this problem still hasn't been solved, that we haven't seen the kind of deficit reduction that we could have had, had the republicans been
for congress to vote on some type of package before it expires. >> if the agreement is not reached in time between senator reid and senator mcconnell, i will urge senator reid to bring to the floor a basic package for an up-or-down vote, one that protects the middle class from an income tax hike, extends the vital lifeline of unemployment insurance to two million americans looking for a job and lace the ground work for future cooperation on more economic growth and deficit reduction. >> reporter: the current congress will be in session until january 3rd. after that, 13 new senators and 82 new house members will take over and unher it the huge problem out of the congressional gates. audrey barns, fox 5 news. >>> love that song. redskins fans coming down to tomorrow night's kickoffs against the rival, the cowboys. a lot is on the line and lindsay murphy joins us now. feels like christmas eve all over again. >> and i am going to -- some football. >> reporter: redskins have had nailbiters this year and this is the first since 1979 that both of the teams were fighting to make it in the season.
tore perspective. i would hope that the white house, the senate, the congress would be able to come together, republicans and democrats to layout a more strategic vision for the future. and we need to simplify the tax code and make it fairer. we need to make sure that government spending is brought under control, and not in a corrosive way or an abusive way, but in a way that makes sense we we can demonstrate so we are serious about controlling our deficit. we have a trillion dollars worth of deficit over year, and we need to sustain that. we know the wealthy will have to pay more and the poor will have to have fewer benefits and the middle class will have to deal with fewer programs and the middle class will have to give away subsidies in exchange for a lower tax rate, but swrae to move forward and create more jobs and grow the economy because the only way to head the recovery. >> i want to pick up on the word certainty, and i have a feeling uncertainty may be the new normal. our business leaders are going to have to figure out a way to make money in a less certain environment. tha
? why are we sitting here right now talking about this right now with the senate gone home and congress in there working and the light is on, but few people are at home. why are we doing this? >> there is no good explanation. there's definitely no justification and no excuse for this. this is like, don, when you at the beginning of the year, when you are in school at the beginning of the year and you have been assigned a big project and you leave it to the last night. when i used to do thoo i was punished. if kids behaved the way the congresspeople were, they would be in time-out. if it were the private sector, they'd all be fired. no excuse. and the only solution i would tell you lies with us, the american people, and with us, the voters. demanding that they start working together. and actually coming up with something. we cannot continue to have the spectacles every few months. it is like making sausage. >> can we talk about the optics of this, maria, because many people say, i hear you up there, guys, don, and this is a republican and democratic problem, but we are here h because the
new taxes, we want higher taxes on people in this country to pay for new spending. >> senator, senator mcconnell has spoken a couple times with the vpz. we have seen in the past that the two of them have been able to come up with bipartisan deals to get through congress on taxes and other things. did he give you an indication in the meeting you just had with rank and file republicans that might be an avenue of success? >> there -- those conversations and discussions continue. and we remain hopeful that that will get a breakthrough. on veryiously, what had happened here between the two leaders in the senate had broken down because the senate democrats failed to come forward with a counteroffer to the proposal republicans made last night. so hopefully, the discussions between the vice president and senator mcconnell will get us back on track, hopefully get a breakthrough and something we can vote on, hopefully today or tomorrow that will avert what we believe will be an economic disaster. >> one last question, harry reid said if you can't put something by tonight, he will put a scaled do
for what we believe as republicans. but hats off to the president. he won. >> south carolina senator lindsay graham and president obama -- the state of our fragile economy. president obama made his final argument, placing the blame squarely on congress, specifically, house republicans, mr. obama is cautiously opt mifertic that lawmakers will reach a watered-down deal, but no mention of debt, tax reform or entitlements. i'm shannon bream. the senate will convene in an hour. we have team coverage on capitol hill and at the white house. we start with mike, live on capitol hill. what's the latest on republicans? and how are they reacting to the comments we heard from the president? >> reporter: good afternoon. the critical comments from president obama in a critical stage in these negotiations, certainly seem to hit a nerve. a spokesman for senator mitch mcconnell says while the president was tapingly those remark, senator mcconnell was trying to bring republicans and democrats together on a solution. the spokesman notes, discussions continue. if senator mcconnell and harry reid can reac
months. the senate cou take that bill, amended if they wish, and send it back to the house. the white house cannot just simply develop a revenue bill and ask both houses of congress to vote on it. doesn't work that way. tom: are you really getting in parliamentary weeds your little bit, congressman? it is a matter of, let's get an agreement from one place to the other. the see of the two chambers can work this ou. at the same time, if hrry reid and mitch mcconnell working on it how are you guys going to receive it when it gets over into your chamber? >> probay not well. here's the deal, this all could have been worked out some time ago. august of the end of july, the house-passed tax bill and senate over to the senate. there were free taken up an amended and take it back. that's the way things usually wowork. revenue bills must originate the house of representatives. we get to work six months ago. a work product six there and wait for the senate to take something up. here is what is troubling about all this. we will get through this this week however it turns out or next week, however
the pressure is on congress to produce. if they don't, what i have said is that in the senate, we should go ahead and introduce legislation that would make sure middle class taxes stay where they are. there should be an up and down vote. everybody should have the right to vote on it. if republicans don't like it, vote no. i think there's a majority support to make sure they are held. >> two points. first, he is saying if it passes the senate, he's calling on house speaker boehner to put his back up proposal to a vote. there's a big question over weather speaker boehner will do that. also, embedded in the president's answer there is a window into the white house and democrat strategy, to leave republicans holding the ball at the end of the process if the legislation goes down for defeat, it will go down for defeat on their watch. in essence, adding to the pressure of them to get something done. i am told staffers here at the white house have been in constant contact with staffers on the hill, president obama, of course, in those conversations, paying close attention to what's happening. of c
halt. vice-president joe biden talking with the senate republican leader mitch mcconnell this afternoon. perhaps proof of how dire the circumstances are, president obama took to the sunday show, potentially setting when we careen off the cliff, and in congress. less than 48 hours from falling off the cliff, president obama is putting the blame on republicans. >> the offers i have made them are so fair that a lot of democrats get mad at me. >> on his first sunday show appearance since 2009, the president said just a day ago that he was optimistic that a short-term deal could be reached. now, not so much. >> what we're seeing here is a monumental failure of presidential leadership. >> the better back-and-forth continues to be over how to cut spending and what the income threshold to be for who gets a tax hike. >> what i am arguing for is maintaining tax cuts for 90% of americans. i did not think anybody would consider that and liberal, left- wing agenda. >> republicans say their agenda, not stifling an already fragile economy with tax hikes on those who are behind small business. >> the h
in time. senator reid and senator mcconnell are working on such an agreement as we speak we want congress taking up that issue now. in the mentime, the war on tracking, lisa jackson announced her plan to quit january 31. leading to questions as to who obama will choose to replace her. taking a more realistic approach. let ask john hiatt meiste >> with us tonight we go to john hiatt meister. we want to focus on tracking. doyou thiink a new epa chief old crackdown on tracking? or will they move ahead with that? >> i think we will see a determined effort. the president wants to federalize the rules on tracking. taking the ultimate responsibility where it currently sits, turn it over to the federal government, and that becomes a wet blanket that is an assertion into the power structure that we just don't need in this country. gerri: the federal government hasn't said which one to do yet. before lisa jackson left er job, here's what she had to say. >> i will read it to you, actually. we have that? gerri: tracking is perfectly capable of being queen, she says. it requires smart regulations, sma
don't get it by then, the senate bill will expire and the next congress will have to start on it all over again. >> molly, thank you, you talked with congressman mick mulvaney. we talk with him more. >> republicans are firing back about how the grand ol' party is handling fiscal cliff negotiations. why they say the president needs to stop the blame game and start leading. fair and balanced debates when we come back. questions? anyone have occasional constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating? yeah. one phillips' colon health probiotic cap each day helps defend against these digestive issues with three strains of good bacteria. approved! [ female announcer ] live the regular life. phillips'. >>> our continuing conference of the fiscal cliff in this special edition of the fox report. the saying during an interview today it's the house republicans to blocked any potential deal by refusing to accept tax hikes on the wealthiest americans. house speaker john boehner said, quote, americans elected president obama to lead, not cast blame. the president's comments to be are ironic as a theme of ou
are the top stories this hour. right now, congress scrambling to reach a deal on the fiscal cliff before tuesday's deadline president the senate and house are convening while senate negotiators work at a plan to prevent massive spending cuts and tax hikes from kicking in january 1st. president obama appeared today on nbc's "meet the press" and said the cuts in spending need to be fairly distributed. >> what i'm not willing to do is to have the entire burden of deficit reduction rest on the shoulders of seniors making students pay a higher student loan rates, ruining our capacity to invest in things like basic research that help our economy grow. >> in news overseas the bodies of the dead are being carried away in syria today. at least 397 people were killed saturday. that is the deadliest day so far in the 21-month long civil war. another 52 died today. the joint u.n. arab league envoy said the situation is rapidly deteriorating but that a solution is still possible. >>> in massachusetts boston's mayor lifted a snow emergency a little earlier today. more than a foot of snow fell on sever
more democratic senators in the new year when we get to the new congress. what's the rush? i'm not sure the incentives are as great. >> that was the old thinking. i know before friday's meeting, but the new new thinking is both reid and mcconnell have a new energy to come to the deal and there's a sense the senate is trying. there's a lot of anxiety about the house. >> we're in the washington per pept wall state on the verge of progress. the dog that's not barking is the debt ceiling, and that's the question of whether we're going to be right back here in february with all these questions on the table because of the expiration of the debt ceiling. >> matt, you've written about the debt ceiling. the president has said i'm not playing politics with the debt ceiling or negotiate over the debt ceiling. he can't hold on that, can he? >> they're back now. what we're talking about now is more or less the kind of thing they do every year now, which is to come down to the deadline on this stuff that's expiring and try to redo it. the larger hope here, obviously, after the election was to revisit
the cliff. but the republicans in the senate have dominated the negotiations in 2010, 2011, right now we are in a standoff for the middle class. >> senator, always good to see you and thank you for talking with us tonight. >>> american's frustration with congress may well be summarized in this simple statement. in terms of output, the 112th congress has been the least effective in decades. in part, because of the rising influence of the tea party. that's ahead when our special coverage continues, in a moment. [ male announcer ] it's that time of year again. time for citi price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it finds one, you get refunded the difference. just use your citi card and register your purchase online. have a super sparkly day! ok. [ male announcer ] now all you need is a magic carriage. citi price rewind. start saving at citi.com/pricerewind. gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from flori
is set to expire. >> senate leaders are headed back into session tomorrow morning. tune into morning news for the latest. >> portland, oregon residents have taken their disappointment in congress to the street. there's this road sign in north portland. now instead of road construction it reads, fiscal cliff ahead. >> a winter storm is dumping snow over the northeast and part office ohio. a tractor-trailer and several other cars collided in the snow on interstate 83 just outside harrisburg pennsylvania. there have been more than 450 flight cancellations. >> lots of people are takinged a a advantage of the snow. check out this kid in canada. only 18 months old but is already moving quickly on his little snowboard, pacifier and all. >>> just ahead, the popular tv shows -- the show illegally downloaded the most. >> thank you for calling the state disability insurance program. >> the i-team reveals why one state agency is too busy to take your calls. >> clear sky, light winds, dryer air, temperatures in the mid-30s, in our north a >> ama: if you've called the state unemployment insurance lin
, then the sequestration across-the-board cuts kick back n of course the final word rests right here with us in congress. o.m.b.'s decision with be overridden by a joint resolution. every provision of the calm act o the senate. in fact, at one time or another, nearly every feature of this plan has been offered by both republicans and democrats, including president obama and speaker boehner. all i've done is pull them together to offer them has a compassionate alternative to what happens if we go over the fiscal cliff. true, from the very beginning i have favored a comprehensive solution to put our fiscal house in orderings something along the lines of the simpson-bowles. we don't have that luxury right now. but perhaps it will only soften the blow of the fiscal cliff but also give us a sense of urgency about a grand bargain to repair our financial house. i am not so naive as to believe everybody is going to check their politics at the door, even at this late hour, but this is not a time for politicking, bickering or partisan games. to allow the country to plunge over the fiscal cliff without any alternativ
questions that you raised. >> you have been a part of congress, i believe, since is 1978 and as i understand it, this is your last term as senator. you have always been looked at as a voice of moderation here. i'm wondering how do you look at these desperate hours knew we seem to be in and what does it say about our government? >> it's travesty, to be honest with you, martin. i believe in the maximum folks of the united states senate and the founding you fathers designed it to be able to create a consensus and reach accommodation across the aisle. to put the country's interest first. a sad truth in terms of where we stand today in terms of our inability to get together and even the most routine let alone the magnitude of the issues we are attempting to address today and will have to address tomorrow. so i'm saddened by it, because i see, you know, the possibilities of what we could accomplish if we were working together and across the political aisle that's what i have done throughout my 34 years. that was part of the decision i made in departing the united states senate, not because i don't
. >> they are trying to find a last minute compromise to keep us from going over the fiscal cliff, respect senator olympia snowe is saying that it's a bigger sign of a bigger crisis. >> what is deeply troubling is you cannot get congress and the president to reach any agreement on anything. >> the latest on the fiscal cliff negotiations in a few minutes. a 31-year-old woman has been charged with second degree murder as a hate crime in connection with a subway death in new york city. they identified the woman as erica ericamenendez in new york. the victim was a store owner and graphic designer. witnesses described a womani pacing the platform and talking to herself before pushing the victim on the tracks as a train entered the stadium. the video shows a woman running from the scene. a airliner smashed into a highway in russia. four of the crew were killed, no passengers were on board and no one on the highway was injured. it was arriving when it over shot the run way. a lot of celebrating early this morning in portland, maine, the first same sex couple said i do under a new state law that took effe
honor that congress can be still, the congressional gold medal. we do so with great pride and gratitude. and happy birthday to arnold palmer. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, the republican leader of the united states senate, the honorable mitch mcconnell. [applause] >> today we honor a man not just for being one of the great sportsman of all times, but for being one of the great philanthropists of our time. everyone knows of arnold palmer's exploits on the golf course. you are now aware because others have mentioned it, of his personal generosity of the course. he not only transformed the game of golf, he transformed lives. donating his time and his resources over the years to literally countless good causes. arnold palmer has served as honorary national chairman of the march of dimes. he founded two cancer treatment centers, and he founded the arnold palmer medical center in orlando, home of the arnold palmer hospital for children, and the winnie palmer hospital for children -- for women and babies. this is a man who captured the imagination of the american people. he won his first
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